Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Reviews 7/20/11

Warning: I pretty much disliked all of these, so prepare yourself for a lot of complaining!

Aurvandil "Yearning"
More pretentious apocalypse heralding blackish stuff from Europe (France this time). Note - this music was "crafted" according to the bio. (No, it's
too important to have been merely "written!" How passe!) Anyways, when the music kicks in, it's exactly what it looks like on the front black and white
snowy mountain image: 90s styled black Metal. Fairly grim and somewhat primitive. The song "A guide to Northern Scapes" would seem a rather obvious
hint to the listener "we play old school 90s grim Black metal in case you didn't know" Although I must admit, it is not bad. Has an odd (now somewhat
acceptable) sort of "distant" production. Fairly atmospheric and noisy, but without losing a classical/musical feel. I like it, just nothing new. If you like
it sad and grim you will want to add this to your mile high pile of CDS with lo -fi black and white covers and unreadable logo. Eisenwald Records?

Beast of the APocalypse "Henosis"
With song titles like "I am not worthy to utter thy name" and "Vision of the 12 priests before the altar" these guys must be very very serious!
Starts out kinda slow and plodding, then wham! Smacked right in the face with hellnoise! Specifically, guitars turned up to...well, I'm not sure there is
a number high enough on my stereo. It's VERY loud, put it to you that way. Repetitive and apocalyptic. I think the vocals are drowning away somewhere in the
middle. Funny enough, kinda remonds me of our own Dispirit, from Oakland/San Francisco! I don;t care for this stuff, but if you like hellnoise of the
extreme apocalypse variety, be sure to pick this up and listen to it at top volume after not taking your meds for a few days. You are bound to see
the world end! Transcendental Creations.

Century "The Red giant"
Lots of yelling. Wow, how original? Oh wait, I hear lyrics and lots of swearing. Well he must be saying something intelligent.
Unfortunately, I couldn't care less because the music is so stupid. These guys can't decide if they are Rage Against the Machine, Korn,
or Brutal Truth. At this rate, I'm gonna stop even reviewing Prosthetic Record's promos and tell them "no thanks."

Death Wolf "s/t"
One of the guys from Marduk formed this band in 2000 or so. Sounds kinda blackish - but with a distinct hardcorish feel, particularly with the singing.
At points it ventures into more alternative territory ala Alice in Chains/Danzig. Not bad really, just not really what the world needs right now.
Regain/Blooddawn Records.

Echtra "Paragate"
Droning, boring, blah blah artsy fartsy, "10 minutes just to get a regular drum beat or a riff" going crap. Sounds like the new age music my dad listens
to on Sirius Radio, only with faint distorted guitars way in the background. WHo the hell listens to this, much less creates it??? Yeah, I don;t have the
attention span for it, sorry. But if you like the sound of one retarded acoustic guitar playing the same chord thingy for like 5 minutes straight with some
new age keyboard behind it, knock yourself out. Temple of Torturous (indeed) Records.

Isolation "Closing the Circle"
Christ, another acoustic intro? Fuck, it's cool once in a while, but come on this is Metal!!! Oh I see - this is "depressive" ok ok...forgiven!
Anyways, let's see...mid tempo grim "depressive" music. Moaning dude who sounds kinda like Curt Cobain. But it's ok to sound like Curt if you are
playing "depressive Metal." Maybe these "depressive Metal" people are just ex grungers? It's funny, I was a grunger and I am not into this. My ex wife
used to listen to bands like Modest Mouse, Rapeman, and A Minor FOrest - while I appreciated em kinda I never liked it. This sounds like a Black metal
band trying to meld itself with that sound and I hate the combination. More than Danzig hates getting pictures taken of himself when he is shopping for
Kitty Litter. Hopefully this "Circle" is "Closed" for good some day soon. Eisenwald Records. Hmm. That is a label to avoid it seems!

Kvelertak "s/t"
Nice pen and ink drawing on the front. A couple hot chicks nuzzling up with some owl. No boobs though. How artistic and sophisticated! Truth be told though,
this is some good artistry. Reminds me of the art on that one Soilent green album that came out way back in 2000 or so. Anyways...sounds like a
faster "At the gates" mixed with some Scandanavian Hardcore and Black Metal influences. Mid tempo, blast beats, whatever the members decide they wanna lean
towards genre-wise. Problem is, I don't really hear a band jamming here. I hear a bunch of people trying to immitate this and that in order to please the
record label. And if it's not to please a record label, then they need to go back into the rehearsal room and find a sound because this just sounds like
puzzle peices thrown together into one BLAH album. Indie/The End

The Living Fields "Running out of Daylight"
Extremely half assed doomy/folky stuff. It's almost good at times, but then sucks enough to keep it below the "break even" point.
Candlelight Records.

White Arms of Athena "Astrodrama"
What kind of stupid band name is that? What kind of shitty mall core Death Metal is this?
Are singers SILL trying to sound like Phil Anselmo? Why? How can such technical/brutal music sound
so devid of heaviness and talent? I guess it needs to be heard to be believed. Prosthetic Records.

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